- IPA: /pliːz/
- Rhymes: -iːz
- Homophone: pleas
- ( transitive ) To make happy or satisfy; to give pleasure .
- ( intransitive, ergative ) To desire; to will; to be pleased .
- Used to make a polite request .
- Used as an affirmative to an offer .
- —May I help you? —Please .
- An expression of annoyance or impatience .
- asleep, elapse
Middle English plesen, plaisen, from Old French plaise, conjugated form of plaisir or plaire, from Latin placēre ( “to please, to seem good” ), from the Proto-Indo-European *plā-k- ( “wide and flat” ). Displaced native Middle English quemen, queamen ( “to please” ) ( from Old English cwēman ( “to please” ) ), Middle English biluvien ( “to please, delight” ) ( from Middle English bi-, be- + luvien ( “to love” ) ), Middle English liken ( “to like, please” ) ( from Old English līcian ( “to please, be like” ) ), Middle English lusten, listen ( “to be pleasing, delight” ) ( from Old English lystan ( “to please” ) ) .
Explanation of please by Wordnet Dictionary
- Please v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleased; p. pr. & vb. n. Pleasing.] [OE. plesen, OF. plaisir, fr. L. placere, akin to placare to reconcile. Cf. Complacent, Placable, Placid, Plea, Plead, Pleasure.]
1. To give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy.
I pray to God that it may plesen you. Chaucer.
What next I bring shall please thee, be assured. Milton.
2. To have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will.
Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he. Ps. cxxxv. 6.
A man doing as he wills, and doing as he pleases, are the same things in common speech. J. Edwards.
3. To be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; -- used impersonally. “It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.” Col. i. 19.
To-morrow, may it please you. Shak.
To be pleased in or To be pleased with, to have complacency in; to take pleasure in. -- To be pleased to do a thing, to take pleasure in doing it; to have the will to do it; to think proper to do it. Dryden.
- Please v. i.
1. To afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions.
What pleasing scemed, for her now pleases more. Milton.
For we that live to please, must please to live. Johnson.
2. To have pleasure; to be willing, as a matter of affording pleasure or showing favor; to vouchsafe; to consent.
Heavenly stranger, please to taste
These bounties. Milton.
That he would please 8give me my liberty. Swift.
Definition of please by GCIDE Dictionary